Residents speak on issues with vaccine accessibility
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - According to Becker Hospital Review, Louisiana currently ranks #31, Texas ranks #42 and Arkansas ranks #46 in the number of vaccines distributed and administered across the United States.
In a press conference held on May 20, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that Louisiana still has a long way to go in distributing vaccinations.
Region 6, an area near Mansfield Road, has reported a low number of people being vaccinated.
Region 6 Medical Director Dr. David Holcombe said we have more vaccines than we have people taking them. Holcombe said the vaccine percentage is at a pause and the disparity first starts depending on age.
“As you decrease in age, you’re getting people who can still transmit the disease but are not so personally concerned,” he said.
In northwest Louisiana, we are seeing a gap depending on where people live and it’s getting harder to reach those who are hesitant.
“If you’re going to catch, you’re going to catch it. I’m not living my life afraid to breathe air,” David Carmack responded.
When it comes to reaching those who are hesitant, Holcombe says you should start by sharing facts.
“You have to convince them that this is actually in their best interest, that they have all of the control and that they have to control whether to take the vaccine or not take the vaccine and it’s in their best interest,” he said.
In the northwest region, only 25 percent of the population has taken the vaccine, which is slightly lower than the state average.
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